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Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture

Previously on view at:

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK (1/20 – 4/20)

Wright Gallery, Texas A&M (10/19 – 12/19)

Schusterman Library, Tulsa, OK (7/19 – 10/19)

Bizzell Library, University of Oklahoma (9/18 – 7/19)

European Cultural Center, Venice Biennale (5/18 – 11/18)

Host Renegades at Your Institution

 “A new school, probably the only indigenous one in the United States” is how the architect Donald MacDonald described Bruce Goff and Herb Greene’s influence on the University of Oklahoma School of Architecture from 1947 through the 1960s.

These architects transformed the ways architecture was learned, taught and practiced, creating a uniquely American approach to design now documented in an archive at the University of Oklahoma Libraries and on display in an upcoming exhibition at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture tells the story of this exciting period in architectural history by featuring selections from the American School Archive, as well as virtual tours of several residences designed by Bruce Goff and digitally rendered by Skyline Ink of Oklahoma City.

Under the leadership of Goff, Greene, Mendel Glickman and many others, OU architecture faculty led a pedagogical shift beginning with Goff’s arrival on campus in 1947. These professors developed a curriculum that emphasized individual creativity, organic forms and experimentation. This radical approach to design drew students to Oklahoma from as far away as Japan and South America and later spread the American School influence to professional practices in California, Hawaii, Greece and beyond.

The American School Archive includes items from Frank Lloyd Wright, Fred David Shellabarger, Albert Yanda, Arn Henderson, Donald McDonald, John Hurtig, Norman Froelich, Jim Gardner, Ernest Burden and more. It also includes student drawings and slides, with new donations still arriving.

The exhibition also explores the role of archives and documentation as historical evidence. An example is the Barby House, built by Goff for Celestine Barby in Tucson, Arizona. The archive includes letters between Goff and Barby about costs, material and design decisions.

Organized into three sections, the exhibition tells the story of dramatic change in architectural education centered on individual creativity. Moving Past the Beaux-Arts and Bauhaus, the first section, highlights the evolution in American architecture schools at the time. The second section, “Do Not Try to Remember”: The American School Curriculum, showcases the curriculum and student work produced at OU as well as the work of faculty at the time. The American School Legacy, the third section, highlights the contextual, resourceful and experimental built works of American School architects around the world.

For More Information Contact:

  • Content Questions: Stephanie Pilat, spilat@ou.edu
  • Booking: Angela Person, a@ou.edu

Exhibition Contents:

  • Exhibition units with photographs, text panels, and objects
  • 3 virtual reality tours; can be shown as videos or in full VR
  • 1 outdoor banner (PDF)
  • 1 customized exhibition video for social media promotion
  • Support publications include: promotional posters and postcards and scholarly exhibition catalogue (for purchase)

Exhibition Documents:

  • Exhibition branding presentation (PDF)
  • Exhibition video for social media promotion (Link)
  • Scholarly exhibition catalogue flyer (PDF)
  • Scholarly exhibition catalogue video (Link)

Gallery

1: University of Oklahoma School of Architecture (contact sheet), Norman, Oklahoma, ca. 1953. Bruce Goff Archive, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. Digital file 199001_190117-007; 2: Ernest Burden, An Architect’s Office, 1957, American School Archive, University of Oklahoma Libraries; 3: Chayo Frank, AmerTec Building, Hialeah, Florida, 1967. Courtesy Chayo Frank; 4: Julita Urrutia studies an abstract design model with Bruce Goff, School of Architecture at University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 1955. Oklahoma Publishing Company, Photography Collection. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society (2012.201.B0223.0165); 5: Herb Greene, Prairie House, exterior (Greene House), Norman, Oklahoma, ca. 1960. Robert A. Bowlby photographs, American School Archive, University of Oklahoma Libraries; 6: Bruce Goff, Sooner Park Play Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1963; Robert A. Bowlby photographs, American School Archive, University of Oklahoma Libraries. Bruce Goff, Sooner Park Play Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1963. Robert A. Bowlby photographs, American School Archive, University of Oklahoma Libraries; 7: Post Office for Norman, Oklahoma, ca. 1950. Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture Collection, American School Archive, University of Oklahoma Libraries; 8: John Hurtig, City Hall, Character Sketch, ca. 1955. Norman Froelich, John Hurtig, and James Gardner Collection, American School Archive, University of Oklahoma Libraries; 9: Ernest Burden, A Study in Proportion, Transparency, Translucency, Opacity, Fourth-Year Studio (Architecture 273) assignment, Bruce Goff, instructor, 1955. Ernest Burden Collection, American School Archive, University of Oklahoma Libraries; 10: Takenobu Mohri, Reflection in Water, Fourth-Year Studio (Architecture 273) assignment, Bruce Goff, instructor, ca. 1954. Courtesy Takenobu Mohri; 11: John Hurtig, “Under the Ruffle” Dress Shop, Bruce Goff, instructor, 1955. Norman Froelich, John Hurtig, and James Gardner Collection, American School Archive, University of Oklahoma Libraries; 12: Gene Williams, Oklahoma City Air Terminal, 1963. Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture Collection, American School Archive, University of Oklahoma Libraries; 13: Robert L. Faust, Modulation, Fourth-Year Studio (Architecture 273) assignment, Bruce Goff, instructor, 1954. Robert L. Faust Collection, American School Archive, University of Oklahoma Libraries; 14: Bruce Goff and Frank Lloyd Wright, 1949. Bruce Goff Archive, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago. Digital file # 199001_190117-003; 15: Bruce Goff, Bavinger House, plan of lower level showing water garden (delineated by Herb Greene), Norman, Oklahoma, 1950. Bruce Goff Archive, The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, N.Y. Gift of Shin’enKan, Inc. (1990.811.9); 16: John Casper, An Atomic Power Station, ca. 1960, American School Archive, University of Oklahoma Libraries; 17: Center for Radio, Television, Theater, and Music, Fifth-Year Studio assignment, 1950. Photograph by Blaine Imel. Courtesy Barbara Imel Smallwood; 18: Melvin D. Shivvers, Wood Sculpture, Design I (Architecture 8) assignment, Herb Greene, instructor, 1958. Melvin D. Shivvers Collection, American School Archive, University of Oklahoma Libraries. Photograph by Jacob Cullum; 19: Bruce Goff and Erich Mendelsohn examining student work showcased at the Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1953. Oklahoma Publishing Company, Photography Collection. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society (2012.201.B0223.0170); 20: University of Oklahoma School of Architecture, first floor hall, ca. 1951. Bruce Goff Archive, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. Digital file # 199001_190117-006.


Support for the exhibition is provided by the University of Oklahoma as well as many generous donors.